DATE Mental Health Association of Nassau County MHA (DOC) by bsdwphunoofi


									                             16 Main St. Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone: (516) 489-1120 ext. 1101         Fax: (516) 485-4486            E-Mail:

The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, a project of the Mental Health Association of Nassau
County, is comprised of mental health and substance abuse providers, representatives from county,
state and federal government, the VA, VET Centers, veterans organizations, elected officials and
other stakeholders. The mission of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is to: Promote the
health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their families through advocacy, and a broad array
of services.

STATISTICS: Out of the 1,000,000 veterans who live in New York State, 174,000 of them live on Long
Island. In fact Long Island is second only to San Diego in the percentage of veterans among its citizens.

ORGANIZATION: The Alliance meets bi-monthly and also has 3 Workgroups:

PROGRAM AND TRAINING: The Program and Training Workgroup is chaired by Gaylene Pandolfo
of the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office. The workgroup helps to educate
mental health providers about the military culture, and about new approaches to recovery from combat
related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It has also worked with National Guard Family Readiness Groups
regarding deployment and post-deployment issues. The alliance has also offered workshops for law
enforcement officials and other social service workers. To date the Alliance has trained 662 individuals.

OUTREACH: Since 11/07 the Veterans Health Alliance has encountered and provided informational
literature to 923 veterans, family members and other stakeholders. These events include: “Stand Downs”,
Veterans Benefits and Job Fairs, Naval Reserve and Marine Reserve Family Events, and a weekend
display of a replica of the Vietnam Wall.

In collaboration with NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and the Nassau County Veterans Service
Agency, an informational brochure regarding PTSD and available resources was mailed to over 3,100
Nassau County Veterans who have returned home since 9/11/01.

During the 2008 holiday season, informational cards regarding PTSD were put in holiday stockings and
mailed out to soldiers from the 133 Quartermaster Company (Brooklyn) and the 2/25 Marines. (Garden

ADVOCACY: VHALI has met with elected officials on a county, state and federal level to advocate for
veterans programming and funding.
The following have collaborated with the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island in efforts to promote the health and
well-being of Long Island veterans.

     Adelphi University
     Assemblyman Charles Lavine
     Assemblyman David McDonough
     Assemblyman Rob Walker
     Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel
     Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg
     Babylon VET Center
     Brain Trauma Foundation
     Catholic Charities
     Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling
     Congressman Tim Bishop
     Congressman Steve Israel
     Congressman Peter King
     Dr. David Curtis
     Faithful Response
     Family and Children’s Association
     Family Residences and Essential Enterprises
     Family Service League
     Family of John “Red” Pelan
     Federation of Organizations
     FEGS
     Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York
     Hispanic Counseling Center
     Hofstra University
     Holliswood Hospital
     Interfaith Nutrition Network
     Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
     Long Beach Medical Center
     Long Island State Veterans Home
     Melillo Center
     Mental Health Association of Nassau County
     Mental Health Association of New York State
     Mental Health Association of San Diego
     Mental Health Association of Suffolk County
     Mercy Medical Center
     NAMI Queens – Nassau
     Nassau Community College
     Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental
      Disabilities Services
     Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth
     Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin
   Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg
   Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne
   Nassau County Legislator Norma Gonsalves
   Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink
   Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro
   Nassau County VET Center
   Nassau County Veterans Service Agency
   Nassau University Medical Center
   New Ground Case Management
   New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Long Island Field Office
   New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office
   New York State Small Business Development Center Business Outreach Center (Farmingdale
    State College)
   North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center
   Pederson-Krag
   Peninsula Counseling Center
   Quality Consortium of Suffolk County
   Rosen Family Wellness Center at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital
   Senator John Flanagan
   Senator Kemp Hannon
   Skills Unlimited
   South Nassau Communities Hospital
   South Oaks Hospital – Broadlawn Manor
   South Shore Association for Independent Living
   Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services
   Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency
   The Soldiers Project
   Town of Oyster Bay Veterans Service Agency
   United Veterans Beacon House
   VA Medical Center, Northport
   Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #82
   Vietnam Veterans of America New York State Council
   YES Community Counseling Center

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